Due to the April 8 Seminar,
SGGS study group and general meetings
will not be held on April 25th.
2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference
SGGS currently has more than 40 members registered to attend this first-ever international conference hosted by IGGP. As a Gold Sponsor, we will host a special reception at the Conference Hotel on Friday, July 28th starting at 5 pm. Make sure to put that on your calendar now!
- New SGGS Organization Structure – Click here to display SGGS' new organizational structure. It started with a bylaws change at the June 2016 annual membershp meetings with the detailed implementation plannng taking place at the Nov. 15 Strategic Planning Committee meeting. Click here to display that page.
- Digitized Pedigree Charts Index being improved – New pedigree charts editor Marilyn Simleness is improving the index, making it more complete and easiler to use.
- Study Group Changes Made Permanent – For the past couple of months the study group has been meeting in the large downstairs MacMurdo Hall instead of in the upstairs classroom. This has just been made permanent with one change. The meeting will start at 11 am instead of 10:30. For more information see the "Study Group" page located under the Home menu.
- GIACR Volumes – Available at the Sacramento FamilySearch Library thanks to SGGS. These volumes are a new resource for finding your German ancestors in American church records. For details, scroll down to the GIACR Project article below.
- German Cards – German Cards are again being sold online by SGGS. Go to our Online Store page.
"This series is one of the most important, most professional, immigrant identification databases published in the last 100 years."
Publisher Lewis Bunker Rohrbach
Since 2005, Dr. Roger Minert and his group at Brigham Young University have been transcribing, indexing and publishing German-American church records in a series of volumes called German Immigrants in American Church Records [GIACR]. A current list is presented below
This table will be updated as new volumes become available.
On the Shelf
at the Sacramento
Soon to be provided
to the Sacramento
Vol. 1: Indiana
Vol. 2: Wisconsin Northwest
Vol. 3: Wisconsin Northeast
Vol. 4: Wisconsin Southwest
Vol. 5: Wisconsin Southeast
Vol. 6: Nebraska
Vol. 7: Iowa West
Vol. 8: Iowa Northeast
Vol. 9: Iowa Southeast
Vol. 10: Illinois North
Vol. 11: Illinois, Cook County
Vol. 12: Illinois Central
Vol. 13: Illinois South
Vol. 14: Illinois St. Clair
Vol. 15: Michigan, excluding
Vol. 16: Detroit, Part I
Vol. 17: Detroit, Part II
Vol. 18: Minnesota, North &
Vol. 19: Missouri (excluding St. Louis)
Received by SGGS on 2 Feb 2017 and will soon be provded to the FamilySearch Library on Eastern Ave.
Expected late Summer 2017:
Vol. 20: St. Missouri
Vol. 21: St. Louis City & County
This project has been funded by Brigham Young University and some private donors. Unfortunately, said funding has lapsed beginning 2016. So last year SGGS provided a donation to help sustain their 2016 operation and appealed to readers of Der Blumenbaum to do the same. Click here to view a thank-you from the project staff. As volumes became available, SGGS has been purchasing one of each for the Sacramento FamilySearch Library (on Eastern Ave).
For SGGS members, more information can be found on page 11 of your July 2015 issue of Der Blumenbaum. But the donation instructions in that article turned out to be incorrect. If you would like to make a personal donation to this project, mail a check payable to "Religious Education BYU" to the following address. Be sure to also mention you're donating to the GIARC project.
Prof. Roger P. Minert
270K JSB BYU
Provo, UT 84602-5669
Some GIACR volumes are sold by SGGS at its meetings. Online sources follow.
Click here for Family Roots Publishing (expected to be the new supplier).
posted Oct 2016, rev 8 Mar 2017 rh
Interested in Helping SGGS?
Click here to visit the volunteer opportunities page.
Click here to visit the organizational structure page.
The current Der Blumenbaum issue is Volume 34, Number 3 (Jan/Feb/Mar 2017).
Click on the image
to display its
table of contents.
Maifeiertag (May Day)
Known in English as May Day, Maifeierag is also known in Germany as Tag der Arbeit, first celebrated in Germany during the time of the Weimar Republic in 1919, but it was not given holiday status until 1933. Maibäume (May poles) are traditionally erected on this day, In cities, the day is more political, with demonstrations for workers’ rights.
"New Arrivals in a New Land" Lancaster Family History Conference
John L. Ruth, church historian and author of The Earth is the Lord's: A Narrative History of the Lancaster Mennonite Conference, is keynote speaker. Workshops offered to help attendees search for their Mennonite roots. See registration details online at www.lmhs.org or by calling the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society at 717-393-9745.
You know where & you know when; I'll let you know how they lived~Ingeborg Carpenter
Speaker: SGGS President Ingeborg Carpenter, German translator